AT&T Prepaid $45 Unlimited Talk, Text, and Data – Feb 2019


In this article, I am going to take a look at AT&T Prepaid Wireless plans and features for February 2019.

Before getting started I want to point out that this is not a review, just a look the current prepaid plans and features currently offered. I last reviewed AT&T Prepaid back in 2015, see ATT Prepaid Wireless GoPhone Review.

Switching to prepaid wireless can be a confusing experience and you are left to figure out a lot of this information for yourself, I create these articles and videos to explain prepaid wireless to ordinary consumers looking to save some money or who don’t qualify for post paid phone service.

When you sign up for AT&T Prepaid you’ll have the option to buy a phone directly from AT&T or your can Bring your Own Phone as long as it is compatible with the AT&T network and you buy an AT&T SIM kit.

AT&T Prepaid Plans

AT&T Prepaid has five monthly plans. All these plans include unlimited nationwide talk and text. That is calling to and from the United States.

The price of plans ranges from $30 to $85 dollars. Let’s take a look at all the plans and I’ll describe each feature with the first plan that supports it.

$25/month Talk and Text, No Data Plan ($30/month without AutoPay)

The $30 plan includes unlimited nationwide talk and text only. You can make calls to and from the United States. No data is included with this plan.

The plan price drops to $25/mo when you sign up for AutoPay. AutoPay is an automatic payment discount program. Let AT&T automatically charge your plan to your credit card each month and you’ll get a $5 per month discount.

While the plan comes with no data, you can buy add-on data when you need it. The data costs $5 for $250MB. That comes out to $20 per GB which is expensive. AT&T’s add-on data expires 30 days after you add it so if you don’t use it you lose it.
To sign up for AT&T Prepaid, click here

$30/month Talk and Text, 1GB Data Plan ($35/month withoutAutoPay)

The $35 plan comes with unlimited nationwide talk and text. You’ll have unlimited texts to over 100 additional countries. You can use your phone in Mexico and Canada for an additional pay per use charge.

The plan price drops to $30 per month when you sign up for the AutoPay discount.

The plan includes 1 GB of high speed data. After you use up that data, you’ll still have a data connection but the speed is reduced to 128Kbps which is really slow. Good enough to send email or many messaging apps, too slow for watching Netflix, YouTube, or other video service. And it’s likely too slow for Spotify, Apple music, or other music services.

For all of the AT&T Prepaid plans that include a fixed amount of data, any unused data will roll or carry over to the next month before expiring. So if you don’t use it all in the current month, its available to use the next month if you need it. Keep in mind though that you’ll only start to use the data that carried over when you used up all the data from your current month. The unused data expires after being carried over one month.

If you use up all your data for the current month but still need high speed data, you can buy a 1 GB data add-on for $10. This add-on data expires 30 days after purchase.

This plan also offers mobile hotspot. With mobile hotspot, you can share your phone’s cellular data connection with you laptop, tablet, or other Wi-Fi devices so you can connect them to the internet.

With this plan you can watch 1080P HD quality video when using cellular data. You also have the option to use AT&T’s StreamSaver. This lowers video quality from High Definition to Standard definition but you’ll use less data. Your choice.
To sign up for AT&T Prepaid, click here

$40/month Talk and Text, 8GB Data Plan ($50/month without AutoPay)

The $50 plan offers the same features as the previous plan except you’ll get 8GB of high speed data. The price drops to $40 when you sign up for Auto Pay, that’s a $10 per month discount.

The plan adds unlimited talk and text to and from Mexico and Canada. So you’ll be able to make calls and text to both Mexico and Canada from the United States as well as make calls from inside Mexico and Canada.

To sign up for AT&T Prepaid, click here

$45/month Talk and Text, Unlimited Data Plan ($65/month without AutoPay)

The $65 plan offers unlimited nationwide talk and text as well as the same options for Mexico and Canada as the previous plan. The price of the plan drops to $45 when you sign up for AutoPay. That’s a $20 discount. Note this is a limited time offer until April 1 2019 and you must sign up for AutoPay by April 11 2019.

This plan includes unlimited data. However at anytime during the month your data speeds may be reduced if AT&T’s network is busy.

While this plan has unlimited data, you will not be able to use mobile hotspot.

With thisĀ  plan, all the video content you watch using cellular data will be reduced to Standard Definition (SD) quality. AT&T automatically enables StreamSaver, and with this plan it on by default and you don’t have the option to turn it off.

To sign up for AT&T Prepaid, click here

$65/month Talk and Text, Unlimited DataPlan ($85/month without AutoPay)

The $85 plan includes the unlimited, talk and text for the US, Canada, and Mexico. The plan also includes unlimited data.The price of the plan drops to $65 when you sign up for AutoPay. That’s a $20 discount. Note this is a limited time offer until April 1 2019 and you must sign up for AutoPay by April 11 2019.

Like the previousĀ  plan, this plan includes unlimited data but the data speeds are better. AT&T will not start to reduce your speeds when the network is congested until you have used over 22GB of data in a month.

With this plan you can use up to 10GB of data for mobile hotspot.
To sign up for AT&T Prepaid, click here

Multiline Discount

AT&T prepaid offers a multi-line discount on all the plans except the $30 (no data) plan. You can save $10 or more on for each additional line for up to five lines. You can combine both AutoPay and the multiline discounts. att.com/prepaid has a calculator that will show you the savings.

Visual Voicemail

AT&T Prepaid supports Visual Voicemail on iPhone and other compatible phones. While they do not list this as a plan feature I found a support article that confirms that Visual Voicemail is included. See Set Up and Use Visual Voicemail – Wireless Support

WiFi Calling

AT&T Prepaid offers Wi-Fi calling according to their Wi-Fi calling page, see Wi-Fi Calling from AT&T

HD Voice

AT&T Prepaid includes HD Voice according to their support page, see AT&T HD Voice – Wireless Support

Note, that while AT&T Prepaid plans offer Visual Voicemail, Wi-Fi calling, and HD Voice features, your phone and SIM card need to be compatible with these features. Also these features may not be available on the network in all areas.

To sign up for AT&T Prepaid, click here

2 Comments

  1. Mark F Flyge | | Reply

    What is the total cost, including taxes and fees for the at&t $45 monthly plan? For a long long time when I paid my monthly bill via the 611 automated phone system my TOTAL charge was always $45.50. $45 for the service $0.50 in fees and tax. I just paid for a months service this July 2019 and the total charge was $48.20. Why the big increase? What changed?

    • Bob Thompson | | Reply

      Mark,
      I don’t know.
      Taxes and Fees will differ depending on where you live. Your best bet is to ask AT&T or to log in to your online account and look at the breakdown of charges for the last two months to see what changed. I’m currently using Sprint postpaid and I noticed a $.50 increase in my bill in the beginning of 2019. Turns out the MA E911 tax went from $1 to $1.50. If you can’t find your bill online, try using their online chat feature to ask their customer service rep.

      It’s been a long time since I reviewed AT&T prepaid and I only recall them charging state sales tax. In MA, where I live that is 6.25%. In your state that would be different. Some states like California, I believe charge a separate rate for telecom tax which is higher than sales tax.

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